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Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen

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Rob Spiegel
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The engineer as star
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 7:08:03 AM
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Great slideshow, Chuck. My favorite in this collection is October Sky. Although, I still haven't seen the Elvis movie. Who knows, that could change my view.

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Elizabeth M   11/14/2013 7:52:46 AM
I knew you would do a great job with this, Chuck! Well done...but...Elvis as an engineer???? You're right, that is indeed one of the strangest castings ever. He was much better cast just being cute, wooing the ladies and hanging out on the beach playing guitar. :)

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GTOlover   11/14/2013 9:31:44 AM
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Elvis could not act, he just sang all his lines and the ladies swooned!

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Jennifer Campbell   11/14/2013 9:55:51 AM
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Many great movies here. My favorite in the bunch was "Flash of Genius." The story really pulled me in, especially as Greg Kinnear's character slowly had a mental breakdown during his fight with Detroit automakers.

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richnass   11/14/2013 3:26:53 PM
Chuck, you got the wrong guy from Apollo 13. The real hero was TK Mattingly, who devised the scheme to get the astronauts back to earth. I had the honor of meeting him a few years back (and no, he never did get the measles).

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richnass   11/14/2013 3:28:03 PM
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This is a great topic. We could talk about it forever. I believe Major Healy (surely you're familiar with I Dream of Jeannie) was an engineer.

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notarboca   11/14/2013 6:39:05 PM
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I thought The Aviator was a well done movie.

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Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 6:52:37 PM
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That had to be one of your great meets, Rich. I take it you asked him whether he got the measles. Do you remember what else you asked him?

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Charles Murray   11/14/2013 9:36:03 PM
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How could I forget Major Healy? Didn't the same actor also play a flight engineer on The Bob Newhart Show?

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GTOlover   11/15/2013 9:34:46 AM
As long as we are listing missing engineers, what about Howard Wolowitz? The aerospace engineer who would ruin a mars rover just to impress a girl! Although, that is not silver screen but television.

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